Open-Source Sex

Aug 11 2012 @ 8:25pm

by Gwynn Guilford

Janko Roettgers thinks crowdfunding porn site Offbeatr could knead out some of the kinks found in the G-rated predecessor:

[T]here are a few key differences from Kickstarter. First of all, projects have to be approved to raise funds on the site. Creators post their projects on the site, and the Offbeatr team will then select the more serious proposals. However, it also uses crowdsourcing for curation…, [which is] a really interesting idea, and one that might help a site like Kickstarter to improve its success rate. Currently, around 44 percent of all Kickstarter projects successfully secure funding on the site. A voting phase before the actual fundraising begins could help creators to fine-tune their campaigns and improve their odds.

Roettger finds more to gush about:

Offbeatr is also allowing creators to sell digital content on the site, regardless of whether they’re achieving their goal or not. This can help creators secure some bridge funding even if they fall short of their goal, and it could also turn a site like Kickstarter from a one-off crowdfunding platform into something more like a digital marketplace. Imagine, for example, a digital photo magazine that sells back issues through the site, and then asks readers to commit to the funding of the next issue.

Sounds oddly evocative of election season – democracy, free markets, entrepreneurialism. Oh, and Mormonism. Yes, "Got Mormon Milk?" (NSFW), the lone project in Offbeatr's Gay section, features "hot young Mormon missionaries and their higher ranking priesthood leaders–business-like, suit-wearing, men of the Videntium Oraculi," as well as "magic Mormon underwear." Though apparently the project is more equality-focused than the sect that inspires it:

With a successful launch of Mormonboyz.com, I will start to look at taboo Mormon female sexuality, as well as Mormon polygamy!